Killed by lightening

HISTORY-Lee highway builders

June 9, 1892 — Last Thursday afternoon, while Geo. Maiden, with three other men, was working in a field near Elkton, Rockingham County, a sudden rain storm came up, and they all started at once for the shelter of a neighboring chestnut tree.

Maiden outstripped the others, and had hardly arrived beneath the tree when he was struck by lightning and instantly killed. The stroke was so violent that it even tore the shoes from the feet of the unfortunate man.

Maiden’s fellow laborers stopped beneath a tree somewhat closer to their place of labor, and thus, probably, escaped the same terrible fate. 

~ From the public archives of the Page News and Courier

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